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Regulation of cryptocurrency in Texas

On Behalf of | May 3, 2023 | Business |

As the popularity of cryptocurrency continues to surge, regulatory bodies such as the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up in their efforts to ensure investor protection and maintain market integrity.

The TSSB operates at the state level and is responsible for overseeing the securities industry within Texas. When it comes to cryptocurrencies, the TSSB aims to safeguard investors by addressing fraudulent schemes, unregistered offerings, and other illicit activities.

The TSSB enforces registration requirements to ensure that individuals and entities engaged in cryptocurrency-related activities within Texas comply with the law. By reviewing registration applications and conducting examinations of registered firms, the TSSB ensures ongoing compliance and transparency in the market.

In cases of violations or misconduct related to cryptocurrencies, the TSSB has the authority to take enforcement actions. These actions may include administrative proceedings, cease and desist orders, and civil penalties. By holding wrongdoers accountable, the TSSB maintains the integrity of the cryptocurrency market in Texas.

While the TSSB focuses on state-level regulation, the SEC is the primary federal regulatory agency overseeing securities markets in the United States. When it comes to cryptocurrencies, the SEC’s approach revolves around ensuring compliance with federal securities laws to protect investors and maintain market integrity.

The SEC evaluates cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) to determine if they fall under the definition of securities. If a cryptocurrency is classified as a security, it must adhere to registration and disclosure requirements outlined in the Securities Act of 1933. This classification ensures that investors receive the necessary information to make informed decisions while deterring fraudulent activities.

The SEC actively investigates and takes enforcement actions against individuals or entities that violate securities laws in the cryptocurrency space. This includes cases of fraud, insider trading, unregistered securities offerings, and other illicit practices. The SEC’s enforcement actions serve as a deterrent, signaling that illegal activities in the cryptocurrency market will face severe consequences.

Given the complex and evolving nature of cryptocurrency regulation, an experienced business attorney can be invaluable for individuals and businesses operating in the cryptocurrency space. We invite you to contact us to ensure that your activities align with the applicable laws and regulations, reducing the risk of regulatory violations. Our number is 713-572-4900.


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